Mark Jones & Omine Ivatt

AUT, NZ - Lecturer, Outdoor Education

Workshop title: "Crafting to Connect"

This practical workshop will explore the principles and practice of using crafting as a medium to enhance student learning and connection. Crafting, or the use of natural materials found in nature to develop articles of utility, is age-old and still has an important role to play in the educational development of children and adults alike. Learn the knowledge, techniques and skills from two highly passionate and skilled practitioners to facilitate powerful learning through simple projects using flax, raupo, cabbage tree and wood.
Crafting is a powerful medium with which to:
- Engage people with one another
- Develop connections with nature
- Help participants stay connected to their learning
- Connect people to place
- Impart notions of sustainable practices
- Practice traditional skills

Personal Bios: Mark Jones lecturer in the field of outdoor education at AUT University. He has been an outdoor practitioner for more than 30 years, and instructed and lectured as an outdoor educator for 25 of those. One of his interests areas is the value of crafting as an educational tool. His experiences support crafting as a powerful medium to enhance a wide range of student learning events in the outdoors.

Omine Ivatt is the Steve Irwin of New Zealand outdoor education. He offers outdoor learning for schools and community groups through the Craft Lab and the Educators Tool-Kit. Omine is passionate about crafting as an educational medium and excited about sharing his knowledge and skills.

Mark Jones and Omine Ivatt